Augmented reality (AR) is quite literally driving us into the future. Being integrated into vehicles in a number of fashions for navigation systems and other purposes, AR iterates its relevancy. While this almost seems futuristic, it is and it’s not both at the same time. Happening right now, AR will only continue to widen the possibilities of inclusions in the future.
AR is technology where picture or object overlays are augmented into real world displays with the use of a smart device. These overlays can come in the form of information, games, and holograms.
How can this be integrated into vehicles as a navigation system you ask?
Deemed as the “next best thing;” with the use of a device, be it a smartphone, implanted technology or a buy and place piece, AR can be projected directly onto the windshield or dashboard of any vehicle. Say sayonara to printed directions, cell phone blocky route displays and “I think this is how you get there.”
Within the application, the actual road view has turn by turn signal marks etched or augmented over your real-time, real-life view. Now you will NEVER miss a turn and there is no need to take your eyes off from the road, creating a much safer atmosphere.
There are three ways in which AR technology approaches the navigation industry.
Currently, there are a couple applications that exist which house smartphone AR navigation technology. The user’s phone needs to be placed on a windshield holster for safety as well as ease for the viewer.
Once the application is opened up and the destination is input, the actual road in front of the driver appears on the screen from the use of the camera. At this point, holograms of arrows, street names and signal indications of the route are outlined within real time view.
This may be the quickest way to flood the market with AR navigation technology as most every driver will be able to have this luxury due to the percentage of individuals owning a smartphone.
HUD stands for Head Up Display. Offering users a natural extension of their vehicle’s display, this application has already rolled out into luxury car models.
The technology is built into the vehicle and will display augmented navigation directly onto the windshield or designated dashboard. Arrows outlining the routed path, the speed of the vehicle, and warning signals (accidental lane departure), HUD seamlessly patches technology and communication with the driver.
Functions can be programed to the user’s specifications for pertinent information wished to include on display.
Analysts project HUD production will rise to over 1 million units by 2026 as the technology takes off and purchasers crave the feature.
Buy & Place
The buy and place mount will act as a HUD. Companies have begun formatting and developing an AR system that can be purchased and placed within a user’s vehicle.
These AR navigation systems will kind of do it all. Connecting to Google Maps or Waze some mounts are also equipped with built in offline maps.
Secondly, it’s synced to the user’s car alerting the driver of low fuel, tire pressure, or any other notifications.
A third connection comes in the form of a smartphone. If a call comes in, the driver can answer it verbally or with the hand-tracking gesture technology. Narrated text messages can be answered as well with speak to text.
The navigation and information screen is displayed on your windshield and it’s 40 times brighter than a smart phone. Dimming automatically, the mount automatically adjusts for day and night light settings.
“To navigation and beyondddd.”
What’s in store for additional features coming down the roadway you question? Here are some of our guesses:
*Points of interest in designated areas
*Driver assistance systems
*Driver monitoring systems to aid the driver staying awake and alert
Keep those eyes on the road, at all times and also keep watch as AR navigation systems take off in 2019.